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Crew Change Crisis

Port of Barcelona supports Singapore’s initiative to tackle crew change crisis

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The Port of Barcelona has joined an international entity supporting the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund, an initiative that seeks to guarantee the safety of seafarers when crew changes are carried out on ships.

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), the International Maritime Employers' Council (IMEC) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have participated in this international alliance.

Under the name of CrewSafe, this alliance has developed an audit programme based on the Singapore crew change model to establish safe and scalable brokers for crew change, helping to ensure quality controls at quarantine facilities, medical services and testing in crew-supplying countries.

This programme is run by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), with members from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Officer's Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen.

The working group members are considering additional improvements to the CrewSafe programme that could include, amongst others, the use of smart handheld electronic tamper-proof devices while the crew is quarantined.

In addition to the Port of Barcelona, the port authorities of Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Sinesyi Vancouver, as well as various international organisations are also collaborating with the SG-STAR Fund, including Global Maritime Forum Maritime Industry Crew Change Taskforce, Intertanko, Norwegian Shipowners' Association, and World Shipping Council.

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